Finally Activism I can get Behind.

Ben and Jerry’s has a habit of left-wing activism and good ice cream. They are disturbed because the US doesn’t have enough welfare for children. I may disagree with that assumption but the way they package the argument makes it palatable. B&Js is the only activist group which shows any amount of sacrifice for their position. Their positions probably hurt them in sales among conservatives more than it helps them with liberals. They have the courage of their wrong convictions which is noble in a way.

I don’t have a problem with their activism because they are a private company, but their seems to me to be a serious moral problem with a publicly traded company giving charity. This is charity with other people’s money which wasn’t given for that purpose. However, I’ve never seen any reports from that point of view only praise of this practice. Why is that?

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4 Responses to Finally Activism I can get Behind.

  1. Tobie says:

    Charity can be easy advertising and good publicity, so that it is not necessary a waste of the company’s money. Also, people, including reporters, have a lot of sympathy for people in distress and very little for corporate money, even though the money actually comes from individuals.

  2. mike529 says:

    Its the Robin Hood effect.

  3. Patrick says:

    “Their positions probably hurt them in sales among conservatives more than it helps them with liberals.”

    Alas, we conservatives dont go for such gimmicks, pro or con.
    we go for best product at cheapest price.
    I’ll buy rope from a Communist if its the rope I want.
    Maybe its wrong.

    B&J is fortunately overpriced and overhyped. better answer:
    Buy Blue Bell.

  4. mike529 says:

    In general perhaps but I know many who won’t buy Ben & Jerry’s.

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